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New National Music Qualifications designed for Schools

The University of West London/London College of Music Examinations in partnership with Gigajam have created the School Music Performance Qualifications for guitar, bass, keyboard and drums.

These new and innovative qualifications, regulated by Ofqual, have been created in direct response to the government’s National Plan for Music and are designed to enable more students, at school and at home, to learn to play a musical instrument and receive recognition for their progress.

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The School Music Performance qualifications are suitable for beginners through to intermediate players through a series of graded exams. Debut to grade 5 are available for guitar, bass, keyboard and drums.

Students learning using Gigajam simply complete the exercises in their chosen instrument and upload and store their performances in their e-Portfolio. They can do this using either the video capture or award winning Analyser software. At the end of each grade they then have five songs to perform and store, proving their skill and fluency in performing on their instrument. Their class teacher will then verify two specified exercises from the course, along with one song to confirm that the portfolio is consistent with the level the student is performing at.

Using technology to support teachers in the delivery of a progressive pathway of study, as well as provide meaningful assessment will enable more pupils to:

• Receive instrumental instruction
• Actively learn a musical instrument
• Play together in bands and ensembles and
• Receive formal recognition for their hard work

Examination Costs

The qualifications are able to be affordable for schools and parents as the system of delivery and assessment is highly efficient. The list of qualifications and costs are listed below.

Grade

Level

QCF Credit

Accredited

 Cost

Debut Entry Level

4

  Yes

£10

Grade 1 Level 1

6

Yes

£11

Grade 2 Level 1

9

 Yes

£12

Grade 3 Level 1

12

 Yes

£13

Grade 4 Level 2

15

 Yes

£14

Grade 5 Level 2

18

 Yes

£15

Gigajam Online Music School

Gigajam courses are just £1 per pupil per annum, minimum charge £150 per annum. Hub licences are negotiable on an individual basis to include all schools and educational establishments in a Music Education Hub, but based on 1.5% of Music Education Grant.

Visit our Music Hub site to see how technology can help your hub reach more pupils in and out of school.

The formal launch date is yet to be announced. Please contact us now to find out more about the University of West London/London College of Music and Gigajam and how to enter your candidates.

Call us on 01494 534880 or email any questions directly to Brian Greene brian.greene@gigajam.com

Gigajam Keyboard Debut Grade iBook now available!

We are pleased to announce our first development specifically for i-Pad and mobile. The i-Book is for the Keyboard Debut Grade which contains the first two lessons, from the award winning Essential Keyboard Skills Course, together with the Debut Grade Exam Pieces.

 

As you would expect from Gigajam it is rich in multimedia containing TV shows, ‘How-to videos, play along backing tracks and full screen musical notation for each exercise,.

We would really appreciate your feedback, so have made the book freely available freely so please try and let us know your thoughts. Download from itunes.

Contact details are below.

e: brian.greene@gigajam.com
t: 01494 534880 | m: 07976 208859

Gigajam & Casio Music Class @BETT Show 2012

Brian Greene was a guest presenter for CASIO Music Class at the British Education Teaching with Technology (BETT) show last week at Olympia, London.

Brian was demonstrating Gigajam with CASIO’s new range of keyboards which are ideal for schools.

The keyboards on show included the CASIO CTK3000, which has 61 touch sensitive keys, GM soundset, great sounds, plug and play USB Connectivity, built in speakers and audio out socket, as well as the incredibly useful audio in, which allows sound from PC’s to be mixed into the keyboard – this means you can mix sound from the video and narration contained in Gigajam lessons and monitor through the keyboard!

The CTK3000 is priced for schools as well at just £99, so provides huge benefits over controller keyboards.

The Digital Pianos and full range of CASIO keyboards are all compatible with Gigajam and support the brand of interactive learning that helps students benefit from continual, formative and summative assessment at the heart of Gigajam’s VLE http://gigajamvle.com

For more information about Gigajam’s interactive instrumental lessons and Casio keyboards for schools please contact Brian Greene

E: brian.greene@gigajam.com | T: 01494 534880 | M: 07976 208859

Making Even More of Music

Technology helps you make more of skills based music making in the classroom 

It is widely recognised that learning to play an instrument has huge musical and educational benefits for students, although providing every child with the opportunity to do so remains one of the greatest challenges in music education.

As Ofsted reported in 2009:

“The provision for music was good or outstanding in around half the schools visited. However, the quality and range of the provision for music varied too much. While  many pupils were benefiting considerably, others were missing out.”

There is much that is more than good in music education in the UK, but Ofsted’s  findings included concerns around; assessment, progress and progression, quality, duration of Study, KS4 and under use of ICT. We have mapped Gigajam’s main benefits and features against those areas in a short online which can be viewed online.

Gigajam would like all children to have the chance to learn to play a musical instrument   and we have a licensing model and special deals that will make Gigajam affordable.  Gigajam is just £1 per pupil per annum, but see what other special deals are available.

For more information, or if you have any questions visit our website or give us a call on 01494 534880.

You can also email any questions directly to Brian Greene.

 

 

 

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Gigajam to expand into Hong Kong education market from 2011

Breaking News –

Following the completion of successful discussions, which  started at the British Education Teaching with Technology show in London in January 2010, Gigajam has appointed ETC Edutech to represent the sale of Gigajam products in Hong Kong.

Brian Greene MD of Gigajam said, “It is an exciting development for us with Gigajam now being available through trusted partners in Australia, Netherlands, Finland and now Hong Kong. These are small steps for us as we remain focused and committed to completing a successful mission in the UK before attempting to execute a genuine global expansion. That being said, we are delighted that these opportunities are coming our way and they will provide solid stepping stones for us as we expand our reach.”

More to follow.

Gigajam will appear in the 2011 Catalogue for ETC Eductech and will be represented by the company locally. 

For more information please contact:

Brian Greene brian.greene@gigajam.com

Tel 0800 055 6797

Mob 07976 208859

Gigajam add Steinberg Sequel 2 in new online music technology studio

Gigajam have added ‘The studio’ to its Online Music School. The Studio is designed to support the use of music technology in school as part of Gigajam’s vision of the Music Classroom for the Future.

 The elearning partnership with Gigajam and Yamaha was launched at BETT in January 2010 and is the perfect partnership of;  Gigajam’s digital curriculum for the guitar, bass, keyboard and drums and Yamaha’s great range of portable and affordable MIDI instruments.

eLearning partnership

The concept of creating new musicians with the digital curriculum and interactive musical instruments, means that students, in the classroom can Learn to Play. They can then Perform in a Band by applying their skills to playing live .  The next step is to then take the developing musical competence to compose & record which is where Steinberg’s unqiue suite of desktop recording applications come in.

Music Classroom for the Future

Music Classroom for the Future Presentation

The studio environment we have created comprises of a downloadable version of Steinberg’s Sequel 2 which can be downloaded and installed and used freely for up to 45 days.

In addition to the free trial download, Steinberg have provided 8 music technology tutorials to help you understand how to get the most from recording and composing with Sequel. The list of tutorials available are as follows: 

Introduction: Install Steinberg Sequel 2 Trial

Download and install Sequel 2. There are details instuctions to ensure simple installation.  

Lesson 1 : Sequel 2 Tutorial

This 10 minute video tutorial introduces you to Sequel 2 and will provide you with the building blocks to start recording and composing.  

Lesson 2 : Controller Learning Functions

In this lesson there are four videos designed to support you making the most of your harware controller.  

Lesson 3 : Virtual Keyboards

These two video tutorials outline how to use your computer keyboard and mouse as virtual controller keyboards.  

Lesson 4 : Tapping out a Tempo

This video tutorial shows you how to work out the tempo of an given piece of audio.  

Lesson 5 : Using Track Icons

Here we outline how to use track icons to make your project easier to navigate.  

Lesson 6 : Freezing a Track to Save CPU

Learn about freezing a tracks effects to free up CPU power.  

Lesson 7 : Using The Media Bay

Discover the new Media Bay and how to use it effectively.  

Lesson 8 : Reverse Clip Effect

Learn how to apply an effect to an audio clip, in this example we use the Reverse Clip effect.

We are looking to develop the studio offer with Steinberg and expand the depth and range of Music Technology tutorials on offer.

Steinberg are planning the release for an innovative new unlimited site licence for schools which will make using high quality desktop recording available at school and at home in an affordable plan. Details to follow soon.

For further information on the Gigajam Sequel Studio then please visit  http://gigajamvle.com/content/studio.aspx 

Contacts

Brian Greene|Gigajam|Managing Director| email brian.greene@gigajam.com

Andrew Shravemade|Steinberg |Education and Product Training UK| email a.schravemade@steinberg.de

All Bolton Schools can access Gigajam via Bolton’s Learning Platform

Service Update

Bolton Council Hub

Gigajam VLE is now accessible to all Bolton Schools using Bolton’s learning platform.

Teachers and pupils simply need to login to Bolton’s learning platform and,  from the Learning Links,  follow the Gigajam logo.

Gigajam is using single sign on technology and have developed access with partners Uniservity who are authenticating users. The first time a user logs in they  will need to create the simplest of account forms on Gigajam VLE; thereafter users will be simply logged straight in from the Learning Link.

Teachers can gain access to Gigajam’s assessment for learning engine functionality, which provides a staff room where teachers can create classes of students, monitor pupils work and leave feedback. Access to the recently launched Arts Award Programme of Study is included.

 Teachers just need to log in and create an account and then send an email to brian.greene@gigajam.com .  We will then convert your account to a teacher account.

For more information and technical support please contact Brian Greene at Gigajam brian.greene@gigajam.com .

For Bolton teachers wishing to discuss their involvement with the project then please contact  Wendy Austin, Bolton Learning Platform Team  wendy.austin@bolton.gov.uk.

Bolton Council Hub http://clc2.uniservity.com/Grouphomepage.asp?GroupId=264652

City of Stoke Music and Performing Arts Service – Gigajam update

Gigajam Sessions

The Music Technology Suite was officially opened on Friday 12th June 2009 by the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent. 

 

Since the opening the following workshops have taken place:

  • 6 x 2 ½ hour Family Learning Workshops – Strum it, Bash it and ICT it! Funding from Make Some Noise
  • Taster sessions for 8 groups
  • Workshops for 3 school groups
  • 26 x 2 ½ hour Family Learning Workshops – Strum it, Bash it and ICT it!

Funding from Adult and Community Learning

  • 2 x Full Day Family Learning Workshops – Strum it, Bash it and ICT it!

Funding from Adult and Community Learning

  • 12 x 2 hour Adult Learning Workshops

      Funding from Adult and Community Learning

  • 20 x 2hr Taster Sessions for youth and community groups

                  Funding from Grassroots Grants

  • 8 x 2hr Taster Workshops for adults

      Funding from European Social Fund

  • 3 x 2hr Evening workshops for Young People
  • Taster session for Primary Music Co-ordinators in Stoke-on-Trent

 

This has resulted in over 700 participants, of which over 500 were young people and over 200 were adults.

A selection of comments

Which aspects of the workshop were most useful?

  • The fact that my talent in music came to light!
  • Every aspect of the workshop was useful
  • The immediate interactions with the teachers and use of equipment and working at my own pace
  • Everything was brilliant

 

What achievement(s) are you most proud of?

  • Playing the keyboard and reading music again after many, many years of not doing so
  • Getting better at playing the guitar
  • Being able to jam together with others at the end of the session
  • The session has brought me closer to my daughter as well as achieving some of my aspirations! Further, I’m more musically aware and slightly less musically aware and slightly less musically challenged!!

 

Did you gain any benefit from attending the workshop that you had not expected?

  • Yes, enjoying music with my family
  • Yes, I did not anticipate to learn how to play using a PC and software
  • Yes, it has renewed my passion for music.

Interactive Technologies support whole class instrumental learning

Would you be interested in further workshops?

  • Definitely
  • Absolutely

 

For more information on City of Stoke Music Technology Centre and learning a musical instrument in Stoke then please contact:

Ruth Steele | Senior Curriculum Teacher

City Music and Performing Arts Service | Children and Young People’s Services

The Bridge Centre, Birches Head Road, Stoke-on-Trent  ST2 8DD

t 01782 234423  e ruth.steele@stoke.gov.uk

To discuss creating a Music Classroom of the Future then please contact:

Brian Greene

0800 055 6797

brian.greene@gigajam.com

http://schools.gigajam.com/future

Gigajam launch Arts Award Programme

Gigajam have today launched their Programme of Study for Bronze Arts Award.

Pupils will now be able to receive a Level One qualification for learning to play a musical instrument with Gigajam.

Employers, universities and colleges know that Arts Award is a qualification that shows your level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills. Doing a Bronze Award with Gigajam means learning to play an instrument, going to a music event, and finding music heroes or heroines, researching their stories, and discovering how they got to where they are today. Students will also share skills by helping to run a workshop or by giving a demonstration to others. Students build a portfolio of ideas and activities on Gigajam’s Online Music School, http://GigajamVLE.com.

The Bronze Award will usually take students about 40 hours to complete.

There is a quick video providing an overview of the Arts Award programme of Study here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xk_NC4rbZ0

Brian Greene, MD of Gigajam said, “It is an exciting development for us and our client schools, as their pupils can now receive a nationally recognised qualification for learning to play an instrument with Gigajam. There are plenty of pupils out there studying with Gigajam who can demonstrate their hard work and commitment and I am delighted that they will be able to work with their teachers/advisors to be properly recognised.

I am sure that most parents and pupils would expect that a music curriculum would include the chance to learn a musical instrument and with Gigajam it is possible to bring instrumental tuition into the classroom, as well as for extended school activities. Learning an instrument takes a good deal of time and I would like to see the hard work of the pupils and the determination of the teachers rewarded. 

In addition to providing pupils with tangible and transferable skills, receiving accreditation for pupils work in KS3 maybe a very helpful additional tool for music departments to leverage more support from senior leaders. I am sure it will drive innovation within the curriculum and support new ways of engaging and, incentivising pupils.” 

There is lots of information on the Arts Award website (http://artsaward.org.uk)

For more information on implementing Arts Awards in your school please contact

Brian Greene

brian.greene@gigajam.com

0800 055 6797